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Fiber Battleground Heats up with AT&T's show of GigaPower Strength

July 21, 2014

Fiber Battleground Heats up with AT&T's show of GigaPower Strength

By Mini Swamy
TMCnet Contributor

The high-speed fiber race is on; AT&T (News - Alert) and Google are competing with each other in bringing ultrafast Internet service to metropolitan areas in U.S. AT&T won a job over its rival when town officials ratified an agreement with the company allowing it to bring high-speed fiber Internet to Carrboro, a town in Orange (News - Alert) County in the state of North Carolina.

"It is exciting that Carrboro has the opportunity to partner with AT&T GigaPower initiative. The state-of-the-art technology that this network delivers will help both residents and businesses," said Lydia Lavelle, Mayor.

The plan to deploy fiber in Carrboro is a part of the North Carolina Next Generation Network (NCNGN) (six-community) initiative, which aims to give an impetus to the development of high-speed broadband networks in the state. AT&T reports that it has invested more than $1.6 billion in its North Carolina wireless and wireline networks between 2011 and 2013.

"It is exciting to see all six NCNGN communities ratify the agreement to bring ultra-fast fiber to the Research Triangle and Piedmont regions," said Venessa Harrison, President, AT&T North Carolina.

 AT&T is expected to provide U-verse with AT&T GigaPower over a fiber network with speeds capable of up to 1 gigabit per second, ten times faster than what is currently available in Carrboro. And, in addition, Carrboro will also have access to advanced TV services.

To give you an idea of how fast 1gigabit is, you can download 25 songs in one second, your favorite TV show in less than three seconds and even an HD online movie in less than 36 seconds. This gigabit speed will power technology innovators and businesses and even consumers who are looking for faster speeds while surfing, playing games or even online shopping.

AT&T has served the state of North Carolina for 133 years and employs more than 6,800 people across the state. It has big plans in the pipeline for 2014: enhance and expand its 4G LTE (News - Alert) wireless network while expanding its U-verse footprint to more areas of North Carolina.

Of course, a lot of work remains to be done on the construction and engineering front. Harrison however is looking far ahead at the numerous opportunities, innovations and economic growth that U-verse with AT&T GigaPower is likely to bring.

Do we seem set for a fiber war with AT&T strongly competing with Google (News - Alert), eyeing territories not covered by Google fiber? It will be interesting to see how Google will react.

Edited by Maurice Nagle
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